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Book Review ‘Hollow Empire’ ~ Sam Hawke

Hollow Empire by Sam Hawke

Publication Date: November 26th 2020 

Publisher: Bantam Press

Series: Poison Wars #2

Blurb: It started with poison and rebellion. It continues with war and witchcraft.

The deadly siege of Silasta woke the ancient spirits, and the city-state must find its place in this new world of magic.

But people and politics are always treacherous, and it will take all of Jovan and Kalina’s skills to save the city-state when witches and assassins set their sights to domination.

Poison was only the beginning . . . 

★★★★★/5

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Book Review ‘The Stone Knife’ ~ Anna Stephens

The Stone Knife by Anna Stephens

Publication Date: November 26th 2020

Publisher: HarperVoyager

Series: Songs of the Drowned #1

Blurb: For generations, the forests of Ixachipan have echoed with the clash of weapons, as nation after nation has fallen to the Empire of Songs – and to the unending, magical music that binds its people together. Now, only two free tribes remain.

The Empire is not their only enemy. Monstrous, scaled predators lurk in rivers and streams, with a deadly music of their own.

As battle looms, fighters on both sides must decide how far they will go for their beliefs and for the ones they love – a veteran general seeks peace through war, a warrior and a shaman set out to understand their enemies, and an ambitious noble tries to bend ancient magic to her will.

★★★★★/5

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ARC Review ‘Plain Bad Heroines’ ~ Emily M Danforth

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M Danforth

Publication Date: October 20th 2020 

Publisher: The Borough Press

Blurb: Our story begins in 1902, at The Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it The Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their wildest happiness and, ultimately, of their macabre deaths. This is where their bodies are later discovered with a copy of Mary’s book splayed beside them, the victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets. Less than five years later, The Brookhants School for Girls closes its doors forever—but not before three more people mysteriously die on the property, each in a most troubling way.

Over a century later, the now abandoned and crumbling Brookhants is back in the news when wunderkind writer, Merritt Emmons, publishes a breakout book celebrating the queer, feminist history surrounding the “haunted and cursed” Gilded-Age institution. Her bestselling book inspires a controversial horror film adaptation starring celebrity actor and lesbian it girl Harper Harper playing the ill-fated heroine Flo, opposite B-list actress and former child star Audrey Wells as Clara. But as Brookhants opens its gates once again, and our three modern heroines arrive on set to begin filming, past and present become grimly entangled—or perhaps just grimly exploited—and soon it’s impossible to tell where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins.

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Book Review ‘The Bone Shard Daughter’ ~ Andrea Stewart

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Publication Date: September 8th 2020 

Publisher: Orbit

Series: The Drowning Empire #1

Blurb: In an empire controlled by bone shard magic, Lin, the former heir to the emperor will fight to reclaim her magic and her place on the throne. The Bone Shard Daughter marks the debut of a major new voice in epic fantasy.

The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.

Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.

Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people. 

★★★★/5

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#5OnMyTBR

Today’s #5OnMyTBR prompt is red covers! Some of these have already been released and I’m keen to get to, whilst a couple are upcoming releases that I am highly anticipating.

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook and you can learn more about it and find the prompts here. There’s a prompt every Monday based on 5 books on your TBR piles.

Jade War by Fonda Lee

My jade for the pillar. I really enjoyed Jade City. It was such a great book and I would die for the Kauls. Hilo, Shae and Lan are such fantastic characters and I’m excited to read the second book. I recently reread Jade City and certain parts destroyed me so I’m ready for some revenge and I’m hoping it delivers.

I am especially excited now that it’s been optioned for tv, I can’t wait to see this (and especially Hilo) on screen.

Blurb: On the island of Kekon, the Kaul family is locked in a violent feud for control of the capital city and the supply of magical jade that endows trained Green Bone warriors with supernatural powers they alone have possessed for hundreds of years.

Beyond Kekon’s borders, war is brewing. Powerful foreign governments and mercenary criminal kingpins alike turn their eyes on the island nation. Jade, Kekon’s most prized resource, could make them rich – or give them the edge they’d need to topple their rivals.

Faced with threats on all sides, the Kaul family is forced to form new and dangerous alliances, confront enemies in the darkest streets and the tallest office towers, and put honor aside in order to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival – and that of all the Green Bones of Kekon.

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Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M Danforth

This is red enough right?! I’m really excited for this one. Admittedly I wasn’t so much a fan of Emily’s ya book but this is adult and sounds incredible. I here for some sapphic horror-comedy.

Blurb: Our story begins in 1902, at The Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it The Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their wildest happiness and, ultimately, of their macabre deaths. This is where their bodies are later discovered with a copy of Mary’s book splayed beside them, the victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets. Less than five years later, The Brookhants School for Girls closes its doors forever—but not before three more people mysteriously die on the property, each in a most troubling way.

Over a century later, the now abandoned and crumbling Brookhants is back in the news when wunderkind writer, Merritt Emmons, publishes a breakout book celebrating the queer, feminist history surrounding the “haunted and cursed” Gilded-Age institution. Her bestselling book inspires a controversial horror film adaptation starring celebrity actor and lesbian it girl Harper Harper playing the ill-fated heroine Flo, opposite B-list actress and former child star Audrey Wells as Clara. But as Brookhants opens its gates once again, and our three modern heroines arrive on set to begin filming, past and present become grimly entangled—or perhaps just grimly exploited—and soon it’s impossible to tell where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins.

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Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Empire of Sand has been on my tbr for a little while but I’m keen to read it. It sounds like an incredible fantasy and I have heard some great things about it!

Blurb: The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited.

When Mehr’s power comes to the attention of the Emperor’s most feared mystics, she must use every ounce of will, subtlety, and power she possesses to resist their cruel agenda.

Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance…

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Proxy by Alex London

I don’t read a lot of ya nowadays but I make some rooms for some exceptions and I’m keen to read Proxy. It’s a queer scifi novel and sounds great.

Blurb: Syd’s life is not his own. As a proxy he must to pay for someone else’s crimes. When his patron Knox crashes a car and kills someone, Syd is branded and sentenced to death. The boys realize the only way to beat the system is to save each other so they flee. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test the boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay.

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A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

Ok so we don’t have the cover yet but the placeholder is red-ish so I’m going with it. Victoria Lee is one of my favourite authors, I loved The Fever King duology so I am keen as a bean for her next work. A Lesson in Vengeance is sapphic dark academia….literally what dreams are made of, bring on 2021.

Blurb: (not final) Pitched as The Secret History meets Genuine Fraud and The Craft, it’s the story of Felicity Morrow, a senior returning to school after her girlfriend’s tragic death, only to meet a new student and teenage literary prodigy who transferred to research the school’s bloody history, and recruits Felicity into a murderous experiment of their own. 

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Are any of these books on your tbr?!

Until next time 📚